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|Motor Carriers Face Uphill Battle After California Supreme Court Decision|
Ameneh K. Ernst; Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P.C.;
July 30, 2014, previously published on July 29, 2014Harris v. Pac Anchor Transportation, Inc., No. S194388 (July 28, 2014): In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court has held that the Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act of 1994 (FAAAA) does not preempt an action brought under California’s Unfair Competition Law (UCL)...
|Sale of Self-Driving Cars to Consumers by 2025?|
Matthew J. Riopelle; Foley & Lardner LLP;
July 29, 2014, previously published on July 28, 2014More and more, self-driving cars are morphing from fantasy portrayed in futuristic societies to reality. Google’s autonomous prototype and California’s proposed regulations regarding the testing of self-driving cars on public roads demonstrate the increasing likelihood of self-driving...
|Unfair Railroad Fuel Taxation? U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear CSX Transportation Case|
McDonald Hopkins LLC;
July 26, 2014, previously published on July 24, 2014The U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Alabama Dept. of Revenue v. CSX Transportation, Inc., --- S. Ct. ---- (2014), on July 1, 2014. While the Court generally addresses the questions presented in the writ of certiorari if it decides to hear the case, the Court added a question of its own for...
|White House Initiative to Expand Public-Private Partnerships|
Alais L. M. Griffin, Jamey L. Tesler, David Veator; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
July 24, 2014, previously published on July 21, 2014On July 17, 2014, President Obama announced a new infrastructure investment initiative, the “Build America Investment Initiative.” Among other things, this program is designed to foster increased use of federal credit programs and public-private partnerships (P3s) by state and local...
|California High Speed Rail Authority Adds Palmdale to Burbank Track on Route|
Arthur J. Hazarabedian; California Eminent Domain Law Group, APC;
July 16, 2014, previously published by California Eminent Domain Project News CHSRA adds a Palmdale-Burbank track to their route to satisfy complaints that the high-speed rail is not reaching Southern California quickly enough.
|California High Speed Rail Authority's Funding Dinged Again|
California Eminent Domain Law Group APC;
July 16, 2014, previously published by California Eminent Domain Project NewsRecent transportation bill decreases CHSRA funding significantly.
|California High Speed Rail Authority Receives a Record of Decision from Federal Railroad Administration, Fresno-Bakersfield Tracks Approved|
California Eminent Domain Law Group APC;
July 16, 2014, previously published by California Eminent Domain Project NewsThe Federal Railroad Administration approves CHSRA's Environmental Impact Report for the Fresno-Bakersfield tracks.
|Senator Rockefeller Urges President To Have OMB Act On Crude-By-Rail Proposed Rulemaking|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
July 16, 2014, previously published on July 11, 2014Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to have the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) act on the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) proposed...
|Proposed Bill a Win for Transportation Intermediaries|
David M. Buffo; Husch Blackwell LLP;
July 15, 2014, previously published on July 9, 2014Proposed House bill 4727 would create a so-called “national hiring standard” for motor carriers which would preclude states from imposing liability on anyone arranging for transportation of goods, i.e. transportation intermediaries such as shippers, brokers and freight forwarders. The...
|Bank Guarantees and Shipbuilding Contracts with Mainland Shipyards|
Bill Amos; Mayer Brown JSM;
July 14, 2014, previously published on July 10, 2014For a shipowner the process of buying a new vessel from a shipyard can be a hazardous venture, much riskier than buying an existing, second-hand vessel. This is because the shipowner has to part with millions of dollars “up front” to a shipyard/builder, by way of payment instalments to...